Are there ancient editions of Paul’s letters? The Euthalian apparatus as a storehouse of tradition

Allen, G. V. (2023) Are there ancient editions of Paul’s letters? The Euthalian apparatus as a storehouse of tradition. Studia Theologica: Nordic Journal of Theology, 77(2), pp. 200-230. (doi: 10.1080/0039338X.2023.2191992) (PMID:38020802) (PMCID:PMC10658798)

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Nils Dahl was an omnivorous scholar, tackling questions related to the composition, redaction, theology, transmission, and history of the New Testament. One area that captured his attention (and the attention of his students and colleagues) was the Euthalian apparatus, a series of complicated and ubiquitous lists, cross-reference systems, biographical texts, and text divisions. Dahl saw the critical value of these traditions for understanding the early transmission of the Pauline corpus, hypothesizing that the material once comprised an official ancient edition connected to the library of Caesarea. This article takes a step back by first examining the flexibility of the Euthalian material in the manuscripts that preserve it, arguing that it is more valuable to understand these features in the context of transmission and reading as opposed to viewing the tradition as evidence for an ancient edition.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Research for this publication received support from the TiNT project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 847428).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Allen, Professor Garrick
Authors: Allen, G. V.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Studia Theologica: Nordic Journal of Theology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1502-7791
Published Online:16 April 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Author
First Published:First published in Studia Theologica: Nordic Journal of Theology 77(2):200-230
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313815Titles of the New Testament: A New Approach to Manuscripts and the History of InterpretationGarrick AllenEuropean Commission (EC)N/AArts - Theology & Religious Studies